Ian Waldron is a Kurtjar man whose traditional country is located between Karumba and the Mitchell River on the Gulf of Carpentaria. His strong connections to the country provide material and inspiration for much of his work.
Waldron won the prestigious Glover Prize in March 2010, representing the fi rst indigenous artist from mainland Australia to win this national award for landscape painting. Back in 1995 he won the Telstra Open Painting Category Award.
Since that time his works have been included in several nationally recognised exhibitions and acquired into signifi cant public and private collections including the Parliament House Collection and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
The title Bloodwood Totem refl ects the artist’s desire to explore the relationship between the physicality of the landscape; the cultural beliefs and traditions of Aboriginal Australians; and the loss of language from traditional culture. The Bloodwood is the totem of the Kurtjar clan.